Thanks to the prompting of a reader I am finally getting around to posting about my progress with hormone optimization and the other recommendations made by Cenegenics.
In short, things are great. I am taking supplements and hormones that I believe are making a significant difference. Based on the dietary recommendations I am closely following a low-glycemic eating plan and have lost 11 pounds in the first 4 weeks! Also based on the recommendation of the nutritionist/trainer I am exercising 4 times per week…a big change for me. I do interval training twice a week and high intensity resistance training twice a week with some cardio. My perceived fitness has improved a lot. I can tell in my daily life as well during workouts that my cardiovascular capability is improving and I’m definitely stronger. I just feel more comfortable in my body.
Of course, since I’ve change three significant things (supplements, diet and exercise) it is difficult to ascribe which of these is the thing that’s making feel lots, lots better. While I can see very direct evidence that the diet and exercise components are making a huge difference it’s harder to discern the effect of the supplements so directly. Most of what I’m taking are specific vitamins and such along with some hormonal supplementation (estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, thyroid).
The personal coaching from “my” nutritionist has been phenomenal. I send her a daily journal of my food intake everyday along with a personal journal of my feelings, thoughts, observations. She always responds with encouragement and, when necessary, suggestions for modifications to what I’m doing.
Both the doctor and nutritionist are very responsive to my questions. The doctor has made several adjustments and even prescribed, through my pharmacy, a topical anti-inflammatory gel that has really helped some tendinitis that I have experienced. They both have assured me that this is just the beginning and that my full result…my “optimum” result…will take 9-12 months so I should just continue to feel better and better.
I certainly feel younger. I feel more alert, my concentration and focus are great. And I continue to feel better week by week.
The only real drawback to Cenegenics is cost. It’s (for me) an expensive proposition to pay for the supplements and their monthly fee. My current feeling is that I will continue through my next blood panel and see what, if any, adjustments they recommend. At that point I may have to evaluate whether to continue with them or try to find alternatives.